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✚ Foundational Visualization Skills – The Process 151

Welcome to issue #151 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about the foundational skills for visualization and how to develop them. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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✚ Learning New Visualization Things Practically – The Process 149

Welcome to issue #149 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about how to learn as much as I can about new visualization things, but also get actual work done. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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✚ Retired Minard – The Process 147

Welcome to issue #147 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about finite years, the long game, and learning visualization at an older age. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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10 statistical lessons from the past pandemic year

The Royal Statistical Society published ten lessons governments should takeaway from this year, which should naturally apply to standard data practice: Invest in public health data – which should be regarded as critical national infrastructure and a full review of health data should be conducted  Publish evidence – all evidence considered by governments and their advisers must be published in a timely and accessible manner Be clear and open about data – government...

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✚ Make Bad Charts – The Process 128

Everyone's a beginner at some point. Read More

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✚ Knowing Nothing (Process 119)

Obviously, knowing nothing can be a negative, but some of my favorite work came about when I didn't know how to do something or what to expect. Read More

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✚ Maybe They’re Just Not Good at Charts Yet (The Process 099)

This week, people were taking a closer look at the Georgia Department of Public Health's Covid-19 status page (again), which led to an unnecessary pile-on. Read More

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✚ Just Enough Chart (The Process #71)

For those new to visualization, learning all of the methods, implementations, tools, and guidelines can seem like a daunting task. Not to mention everything that happens before the actual visualizing, such as analysis, data formatting, and context-making. You don't have to learn it all at once. Read More

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How practitioners learned data visualization

Visualization is still a relatively young field, so people learn about and how to visualize data in a lot of different ways. For instance, there weren’t any visualization-specific courses when I was in school, so I picked up a lot ad hoc. Alli Torban, looking at responses to the 2018 Data Visualization Survey, shows how others learned. The top three: examples, collaboration with those more skilled, and books. Tags: learning,...

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✚ Stolen Charts, Reusing Visualization Methods, and the Difference

In visualization, there are tools, templates, and defaults, which are meant to be copied and reused. Then there are data graphics that are designed with a specific purpose and dataset, which are something more than a certain chart type. Read More

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